As if the cool and dark time of the year weren't already beating us, many of us now also have to struggle with chapped lips and hair loss. The latter is particularly noticeable in many women in autumn. Have you recently started losing tufts of hair after taking a shower or while brushing? Here you can read why this could be and what helps against it.
The good news first: You are not alone! Many people suffer from hair loss in autumn - and by the way, not only are we humans, but our pets also change their coats in spring and autumn. Usually, this is based on a very simple mechanism in nature: the growth cycle. However, a vitamin D deficiency or poor blood circulation can also lead to hair loss.
Each of us has a hair cycle in which phases of growth and rest alternate. The growth phase can last up to six years, while the resting phase is just 100 days. After that, the hair falls out naturally. For most women, this period of rest begins in July. The reason for this is the intense solar radiation in the warm months. To protect the scalp, more and more hair roots change from the growth to the resting phase. About 100 days later, in October, we find the fancy tufts of hair in our brush.
Falling vitamin D levels in autumn can also contribute to hair loss. Surprise, surprise: In autumn the sun shines less strongly than in the summer months, so we cannot absorb enough vitamin D from the sun and this leads to a changed growth cycle of the hair. The result: hair loss.
We all know that when autumn approaches, it not only gets darker but also much cooler. And that not only troubles our immune system, but also our hair roots. Our blood vessels contract in the cold air, which means that the scalp is poorly supplied with blood. Nutrients no longer get to the hair roots so well, which makes them lose their strength.
Sure, a healthy and balanced diet has priority all year round. But especially when it gets cooler and winter approaches, you should revise your nutrition plan, because healthy foods are then not only important for your immune system, but also for your hair. For example, there is a lot of vitamin D in fish, as well as in cereal products and avocados. Iron also contributes to healthy hair. A lot of it is found in broccoli, carrots, spinach, and quinoa. Drinking two liters of water a day helps flush toxins out of the body. Alternatively, you can also use nettle tea, which is also a booster for your iron household.
We know it: If our hair doesn't seem to be doing well, we counterattack and fire it up with care products to restore it to its original state. But that is precisely not the right strategy in the case of hair loss. It is better to use a mild shampoo and only supplement it with special anti-hair loss agents that are made to stimulate the hair roots and accelerate regrowth. A brush with large nubs will also prevent you from pulling out more hair while brushing.
Hair loss can also come from excessive stress. Therefore, you should take time off regularly. Movement, in particular, boosts blood circulation and thus the hair supply with nutrients. But yoga also helps to lower our stress levels. Whether on the mat, with a good book, or in the bathtub, in the end, you know best what is good for you.
If you suffer from hair loss after autumn despite a good diet, sufficient exercise, and a healthy scalp, you should speak to a doctor, because an underactive or overactive thyroid can also lead to increased hair loss. Your doctor will be happy to help you!